Shabby chic is a style of interior design that uses pleasantly old and slightly worn furnishings for a vintage look. The style takes an otherwise boring or sterile environment and creates a warm, comforting feeling reminiscent of hanging out at your chic grandparents’ home.
If you couldn't already tell from the countless Pinterest boards dedicated to shabby chic with vintage-themed furnishings and pastel colors, the style is everywhere these days. Shabby chic has become so popular that many consider it to be overdone. But we beg to differ!
Recreating Shabby Chic
There are many different ways to achieve this look without repeating what’s been done a million times before. Thinking outside the box and getting creative can create all new possibilities for the shabby chic look.
Why not take something that is great and makes it even better? Continue reading in order to discover how to decorate a shabby chic bedroom — but in a way, that’s original and completely representative of who you are!
1. Vintage Suitcase Nightstand
We love how resourceful this idea is. The vintage suitcase nightstand is super cute, easy, and affordable! All you have to do is buy some old suitcases from your local thrift shop and stack them on top of each other. You can use this as a means for storage as well since you can keep belongings within the suitcases. The suitcases can easily be swapped out and used for another part of your home when you’re ready for a new look.
2. Distress Furniture Using Vinegar
Modern furniture simply will not do the trick when you’re trying to get the shabby chic vibe. Distressed furniture gives the feeling of years of love and use, and this is an easy DIY project that gives any furniture a distressed and vintage look. Instead of buying new "vintage" furniture to decorate your room, try accomplishing the vintage look yourself by simply utilizing vinegar!
(Source: Prodigal Pieces)
3. Shabby Chic Bedroom Paint Ideas
A large part of the shabby chic design is the colors you decide to incorporate. Shabby chic bedroom paint ideas most commonly include baby blues, soft petal pinks, and off-white tones. These colors have a faded and antique look that softens everything in your room while also allowing for elaborate patterns and textures. Play around with all three shabby chic bedroom colors. Whether you choose a white bedspread or a baby blue wall, you have a lot of freedom with your theme!
Ruffles are cute and classy. Simple as that. They add interest to any room and can be used on all types of fabrics, from pillows to curtains. The elegance and texture of ruffles are great ways to add a dreamy and billowy vibe to your room. Try ruffled curtains or a ruffled bedspread in light pink or lavender. You will never want to leave your bedroom with this level of comfort!
5. Mason Jars
Mason jars are the epitome of shabby chic. They automatically scream vintage, and they’re easy and affordable to find. Unlike other shabby chic items, you can buy them brand new and they’ll easily fit into the vintage theme.
By utilizing mason jars in creative ways, they can create fun accents all around your bedroom — not just as cups for your rustic kitchen. Try adding flowers to the jar for a makeshift vase. Painting them in accordance with your color scheme can make a fun and easy DIY project. Check out this tutorial to get crafty with mason jars.
Lace is best suited to the shabby chic decor when it is used as a lamp shade cover. Start collecting different shades of lace and drape them over your lamp. It will give your room a fun lighting effect that can reflect your mood. Draping purple or pink lace over your lamp will look cute while also dimming your room to a purple or pink tone for a nice romantic vibe.
7. Sliding Barn Door
This is an awesome way to completely change the dynamic of your shabby chic room. Barn doors are inherently rustic and chic. They are also a great way to save space in your room since the door slides rather than opens. Update your door or closet door today with a sliding barn door. Choose a barn door in a creamy, off-white shade to stay consistent with the shabby chic bedroom colors.
8. Intricate Headboard
A distressed metal headboard is essential for a shabby chic bedroom. White headboards work best since they allow for a lot of interpretation throughout the rest of your room. They’ll keep the room looking open and airy while adding interesting texture. Weathered wood is also a good alternative!
Don't worry about matching your headboard with your dresser or nightstand. Choosing pieces that are too matchy-matchy will counteract the effortless, undone look of a shabby chic room. Instead, try to find antique pieces that compliment each other. This contributes to the shabby part of shabby chic and will make your room more interesting.
If you are a book lover and perhaps dedicate a wall to your books, we would suggest a sliding ladder. This is a super unique and whimsical way to travel about your room. We guarantee you have never seen a ladder in someone's bedroom before, and this will make your room stand out compared to the dull run-of-the-mill bedroom. The ladder will also be a functional way to access otherwise hard-to-reach areas of your room. You’ll be able to maximize storage and create a cute accent to your room. Win-win!
10. Whimsical Seating
Whimsical seating is an element of shabby chic that we think is very underutilized. Why choose traditional seating when you can incorporate something totally unique and playful?
Whether it be a chair or a small couch, have fun with your options! Shabby chic loves vintage, but the “chic” element is what sets it apart. Try incorporating a bathtub couch inspired by “Breakfast at Tiffany's,” or you can choose vibrantly colored seating to really make an impact in the space.
Creating Your Shabby Chic Look at Home
Shabby chic is timeless, even if it is overdone. Luckily, this ageless style comes with a few updates. Artisan Hardware can help you get the shabby chic look with a unique sliding barn door.